Sister of 12-Year-Old Kathleen Homicide Victim Arrested in Columbus

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Video: Friends and Neighbors React to 12-Year-Old's Death

  • July 5 - Booking photo Carmen Kaneisha Collins from the Houston County Jail.
  • A makeshift memorial to 12-year-old India Collins, who was found dead at her family home after a fire. (Photo by Brittiny Barber/13WMAZ.com)
  • A makeshift memorial to 12-year-old India Collins, who was found dead at her family home after a fire. (Photo by Brittiny Barber/13WMAZ.com)
  • Booking photo from Carmen Kaneisha Collins's arrest on June 29 in Houston County.
  • July 5 - Profile booking photo Carmen Kaneisha Collins from the Houston County Jail.
    


Carmen Kaneisha "Neisha" Collins, 17, was arrested in Columbus around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, and then charged with murder and arson in the Kathleen house fire where her 12-year-old sister, India, was found dead.

Lt. John Holland of the Houston County Sheriff's Office told WMAZ's Brittiny Barber that tips led investigators to Columbus where Collins was found in the white 2011 Acura that had been reported missing after the fire.

Tuesday evening, Houston County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to assist the Houston County Fire Department with a house fire on Addington Drive in Kathleen.

Firefighters on the scene had located the body of 12-year-old India J. Collins in the house. She was transported by ambulance to the Perry Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators then began looking for Carmen Collins.

She was arrested without incident in Columbus by Houston County officers who were assisted by Columbus Police and US Marshals from Macon, according to a press release Thursday before noon.

Holland said autopsy results are expected to be available by tomorrow.

Thursday morning, mourners had started a makeshift memorial at the foot of the Collins family mailbox beneath the still-posted crime tape that marks off the yard where India used to play.

Neighbor Kenneth Anderson says he and his wife spoke to the girls parents and says they're still trying to process what happened.

"The dad is still in denial. I mean he's in a state of shock, like a blank stare on his face. No response. The wife is just distraught," said Anderson.

Thirteen-year-old Emily White remembered her Mossy Creek Middle School friend, India. She said, "She was really funny, an amazing singer."

Tanner Sanders said he would sit with her on the bus ride home from school.

"I was really, really sad and anybody that text me I just put my phone away," he said. "I didn't want to text anybody. I didn't want to talk to anybody. I just sat in my room."

The fact that India's 17-year-old sister Carmen is accused of killing her, surprised many of the young girl's friends.

"I'm shocked, her sister was really close to her. I just can't believe it," said Emily.

Other parents in the Kathleen subdivision say the situation here is impossible to understand.

"I just can't imagine losing either one of my kids and I just can not imagine the grief that that mother is going though at this point and time and certainly with the circumstances surrounding it.. it just wrenches your heart out." said Maria Huelsman.

The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate to find out exactly what led to the girl's death.

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